BACKGROUND: Every infantry or armored regiment had its own insignia. Cap badges were usually made of white metal, brass, copper or bi-metal. Most commonly brass and white metal were used. Officers were sometimes known to wear private purchase cap badges made of silver or silver bullion. The Halifax Rifles can trace their roots back to the formation of the local Halifax Militia formed in December 1749. The militia evolved into six named companies; the Scottish, Mayflower, Halifax Rifles, Irish, Dartmouth and the Chebucto Greys. From these companies the Halifax Volunteer Battalion was formed on may 14, 1860. In WW2 the Regiment was put on Active Duty to guard important areas of Halifax and the coast. It was selected for conversion to a Tank Regiment in 1942 and by 1943 was on its way overseas as the 23rd Army Tank Regiment (Halifax Rifles), part of the 2nd Canadian Army Tank Brigade. Shortly after arriving in England the Regiment was broken up and disbanded in order to reinforce other units. They were reformed as the Halifax Rifles (23rd Armoured Regiment) on January 4, 1946 and transferred to the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. On March 31, 1965 was made inactive and placed on a Supplementary Order of Battle.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A sliver colored , officers cap badge that is 5cm x 3cm. It features an eight pointed, fluted, star with a bugle encircling a maple leaf that has "Canada" embossed to its base. The bugle is hanging from a scroll in which is embossed the motto "Cede Nullis" (Yield to29 None). Across the top is a scroll with the inscription "The Halifax Rifles" all surmounted by a Kings Crown. The reverse is a mirror image of the obverse which has double prongs with the original cotter pin.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $39.00

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